Nelson Imperial IPA | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Nelson Imperial IPANelson Imperial IPA
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Nelson Imperial IPANelson Imperial IPA

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Deadlift Imperial IPA

70 IBU
Original Gravity : 21 Plato
Malts: 2-Row Pale, Carapils, Caramel 10-L
Hops: Alchemy, Nelson Sauvin, Cascade, Willamette

Added by msubulldog25 on 01-08-2010

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Found a single for 3 dollars at my local shop. If I enjoy it I can find it for 8.99 a four pack.

A - A slightly hazy amber brown with slow moving carbonation but resulted in a half inch of sticky opaque head.

S - Hops and more hops this one has a great smell with some bread cracker malts in the base.

T - A nice blast of pineapple like hops, bitter but mostly sweet with a solid honey like malt base. Hops do not linger on the finish.

M - Best part a nice high ABV but no noticeable alcohol flavor. DIPA done right.

Overall as others stated it's pretty much like ST 2XIPA only a touch sweeter. Recommended for fans of the style. May get it again but it could use more bitterness...

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The smell was very hoppy with strong citrus and caramel malt on the back end. The taste went right with the smell- lots of hoppy grapefruit. It had a nice carbonation and medium to heavy mouth feel, which I really like. This beer was very refreshing as I've been drinking a lot of winter ales as of late.

An everyday 2XIPA worthy of keeping around.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. This beer was a light copper color and appeared not to be filtered. It had a nice white head an really nice lacing.

The smell was very hoppy with strong citrus (grapefruit) and caramel malt on the back end. The taste went right with the smell- lots of hoppy grapefruit. It had a nice carbonation and heavier mouth feel, which I really like. This beer was very refreshing as I've been drinking a lot of winter ales as of late.

I wouldn't say this is the best DIPA I've had, but it's very good and worth a try.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into a glass from a 22 ounce bottle -- meaning that I got to pour it more than once. The initial attempt yielded a deep golden-colored brew that smelled fairly strongly of orange and produced a nice once inch head.

The beer is a very good double IPA. It has terrific hoppy bitterness and the taste is not harmed by the high alcohol content. Some double IPAs are overwhelmed by the higher alcohol, which undermines the drinking experience for me. Not a problem here.

In short, this is a terrific beer.

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look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a belgian snifter

A - Nice moderately hazy orange, excellent 1 1/2 inch head, exceptional lacing and head retention

S - Subtle tropical hoppy notes, sweet carmel, faint alcohol

T - Tropical citrus, some piney/herbal notes, sweet caramels nearly balanced by the bitterness

M - Creamy, slight dryness, medium to low carbonation, full bodied, slightly syrupy but not too the point of cloying

Overall - This is a very nice DIPA. I've had it on tap several times and enjoyed it more than from the bottle. The bomber I purchased is from Aug 2011...only a little over 4 months old...but those dry hop aromas and late hop flavors don't hang around very long...which make the beer turn into a more malty experience. I like all pale ales YOUNG! So I highly recommend this from a tap...but if you are buying in bottles make sure it is fresh! Unfortunately I have to take what I can get from the West Coast! Give it a try.


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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard 22 oz. bottle poured into a large wine glass. Shows a bright golden with a just a hint of hazed golden. Sports a half inch of fairly dense eggshell foam, which does sink in a few minutes to a light film yet drops some bubbly lace.

Nice hop aroma with some tangerine citrus and strong floral notes along with a touch of hop oil muskiness. A good swirl brings up some more earthy hops.

Solid flavor which is not too sweet and offers a moderate bitterness. An oily citrus/tangerine flavor is easy on the palate. Offers a moderate feel with a well balanced carbonation level. Fruity up front with a pleasant but never obtrusive hop aroma or bitterness. Better than a single, this brew is a double off the left field wall, though not a home run by any means. Not stellar but solid and quite approachable, and a good value to boot.

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Nelson Imperial IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 749 ratings